Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Holds Onto First Place on Thursday with $2.57M; 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' #2 with $2.32MAugust 22, 2014 12:56 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took in $2.57 million on Thursday to continue to lead the daily box office. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel has led the daily box office for three of the past four days. Guardians of the Galaxy was down just 2 percent from Wednesday and down a very solid 39 percent from last Thursday. The film placed in second for the week with $36.71 million. That was down 42 percent from the previous frame and brings the three-week total for the film to a very impressive $234.25 million. Guardians of the Galaxy will likely reach the $250 million domestic milestone on either Sunday or Monday.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held steady in second place with $2.32 million. Paramount's high-profile franchise re-launch was down 4 percent from Wednesday and down 46 percent from last Thursday. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the week's top film with a weekly take of $39.57 million. That represented a 56 percent decline from the film's first week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a significantly stronger than expected $128.81 million.

Let's Be Cops took in $1.65 million to remain in third. Fox's low-budget action-comedy fell 6 percent from Wednesday and 48 percent from last Thursday. Let's Be Cops placed in third for the week with $25.84 million and has grossed $34.25 million in nine days. While the film is performing towards the lower end of pre-release expectations thus far, it is performing well with its price-tag in mind.

The Weinstein Company's The Giver claimed fourth with $1.06 million. The modestly budgeted young adult sci-fi adaptation decreased 5 percent from Wednesday. The Giver placed in fifth for the week with a seven-day start of $17.37 million. That was on the low end of expectations, but was 20 percent stronger than the $14.43 million seven-day take of last year's The Host.

Lionsgate's The Expendables 3 rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.01 million. The third installment of the ensemble action franchise starring Sylvester Stallone was down 7 percent from Wednesday. The Expendables 3 landed in fourth this week with a seven-day start of $20.92 million. That was softer than expected and a disappointing 46 percent below the $38.81 million seven-day take of 2012's The Expendables 2.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 17 - Sun, Aug. 19

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Pie 2$21,105,097-53%3,0729$6,870$87,279,2092Universal
2Rush Hour 2$19,024,208-43%3,080-38$6,177$165,931,5143New Line
3Rat Race$11,662,094--2,550--$4,573$11,662,0941Paramount
4The Others$10,906,170-23%2,153475$5,066$32,171,6402Miramax
5The Princess Diaries$9,614,307-32%2,72620$3,527$70,245,9773Disney
6Captain Corelli's Mandolin$7,208,665--1,595--$4,520$7,208,6651Universal
7Planet of the Apes (2001)$7,142,635-46%3,060-341$2,334$161,241,0144Fox
8American Outlaws$4,855,475--2,348--$2,068$4,855,4751Warner Bros.
9Jurassic Park III$4,441,133-41%2,516-659$1,765$168,329,2935Universal
10Legally Blonde$2,575,400-32%1,770-261$1,455$52,687,3136MGM